Quoted for truth. A lot of time is generally spent doing REALLY boring stuff in the plane before any actual published procedures are undertaken. Also, I don't know why people get so weird about holding.2 Tips.
#1. Instrument training is 10-20% about flying the airplane and 80-90% about procedures and rules. A good CFII will focus on ensuring you have sustainable scan and good understanding of how to change configurations (the flying part) before going in detail into the procedures so you can focus on them.
#2. There is an unfortunate tendency to make (and teach) some procedures far, far, far more complicated than they actually are. This is especially true for holds and DME arcs. If you have trouble with them, don't hesitate getting in a ground session with a CFII who can explain them in a way which will make sense to you.